We have some new contestants in the informal Barbie lookalike contest that is apparently happening: 25-year-old Swedish twins Emma and Sara Koponen have spent over $15,000 on plastic surgery to look like identical dolls, and they've created matching diet and exercise routines to ensure that their bodies remain exact replicas of each other.
Here’s my take on body modifications: if you don’t like something about your body, you can change it (in a healthy manner) or learn to love it. I do have a bias towards more natural methods such as exercise and healthier eating, but women are allowed to make decisions for their bodies, whether or not I, a complete stranger, agree with them. While I have my opinions, I respect that the decision is ultimately theirs to make. There are different levels and motivations for plastic surgery and trying to decide what’s acceptable and what’s over the top only leads you down a slippery slope.
As Sara told The Mirror, “The work we have done is for us — it’s not about getting men to like us, it’s about becoming our idea of perfection."
The twins have been obsessed with this idea of perfection since they were young, but it wasn't until they were 16 that they seriously began contemplating plastic surgery. At 19, the sisters got their first matching boob jobs, going from A-cups to C-cups. Since then, the sisters have had two more boob jobs (they now currently have E-cups) and gotten lip injections, and they plan to have more procedures in the future.
While the twins insist that their changes are for them, even Sara is aware that their actions may not be the best.
“I’m proud about how I chose to change my body but I would never let my own child do this to herself,” she said. “You will never be happier — that’s the point. You will always want more. If you start, you will never stop."
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